ALEC ranks state education systems

Georgia comes in 27th:

In its “Report Card on American Education: K-12 State Performance, Progress, and Reform” published Wednesday, the Peach State ranks 27th among the states.

The report ranks states based on student performance and their corresponding improvements on the fourth- and eighth-grade reading and mathematics National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which are nationally administered exams, from 2003 to 2009.

For state academic standards compared with the 2007 NAEP, Georgia got a grade of “F.”

For identifying high quality teachers, Georgia was given a “D+.”

For retaining effective teachers, Georgia merited a “D.”

For removing ineffective teachers, Georgia earned a “C+.”

And it got a reform grade of “C.”

You can read the full report here. The report for Georgia is available here.


  1. Lady Thinker says:

    Does anyone know where Georgia ranks academically in K-12? I know we are in the bottom five, but does anyone know where we are and what other states are in our group?

  2. jm says:

    People love numbers, and the education number that everyone loves to use is the worst measure – the SAT score. That is the one that GA ranks low, consistently in the bottom five. But the reality is that its a terrible comparison, comparing apples to submarines, because we test more kids, and pay for them to take the PSAT, encourage them to take the SAT. Most states don’t do that, only the best, brightet, college-bound students take the test.

    The NAEP is a better measure. It measures every student at a similar point in time.

    Also, we rank pretty high when it comes to kids passing AP classes, and don’t forget that there is a great disparity in resources between the school districts in the metro area and the rest of the state.

    As a former teacher, I will tell you there are some really great teachers across the state, and there are some clunkers. But if you look at the evaluation system, while we grade kids on an A to F scale, teachers get one of two grades – Satisfactory or Needs Improvement. And teachers getting either of these grades generally will get re-hired. If you get an NI, you are put on a plan, get more training and observations, and I think as a consequence you don’t get your annual step raise. And then maybe if you get two or three years with an NI annual evaluation somebody decides not to renew your contract.

    • polisavvy says:

      I have to agree with you on this one. Once they make tenure, performance doesn’t seem to matter any longer (at least that is what I noticed from some of the teachers of my sons). There should be something done to evaluate them in order that they are able to keep their jobs. Most people have yearly evaluations that are based on performance, attendance, attitude, etc. There should be no exception made and teachers should have to go through the same thing. That would make an improvement in education, in my opinion.

    • Lady Thinker says:

      Using what criteria do you suggest they use? By how many unpaid hours they donate? How many parent-teacher conferences they have? How many kids come to class with no pen, pencil, or paper and an attitude? The hours filling out paperwork for the no child left behind? The lack of funds for buying each student a book? All the things pulling teachers in all directions outside of what they are paid to do, which is teach kids, even the ones that don’t want to learn? What dollar amount would you put on teachers who are threatened or hit?

      Just wondering what you think teachers do all day.

      • The good ones effectively communicate the cirruculum so that the students learn what they need to learn in order to be successful. The bad ones don’t do that. We need to objectively evaluate who’s kids are learning, and who’s are not. The ones who’s kids are not learning need to go work at Coldstone.

        Criteria is easy. Student performance…standardize test based on each grades cirrculum. The second time you have x% of kids fall under the Mendoza line, you’re out.

        Just “teaching” is not a noble profession. Being a good teacher is one of the most noble things one can be.

        Everyone’s job has issues, btw.

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